2007 VAWDON CUP OPENING ROUND WRAP

first_imgThe 32nd Annual New South Wales Touch Association Vawdon Cup commenced Friday night 20 July 2007 at the Tempe and Bankstown venues across 10 highly competitive divisions.The action in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League was fast and furious with some high quality clashes punctuating opening night in Sydney’s elite affiliate based competition.In the Men’s Premier League, Easts Roosters and the Parramatta Eels played out a gritty 1-1 draw at Bankstown at 7.00pm.Both teams were understandably rusty with the combatants trading blows without being able to land the knockout punch to swing the game in their favour.The return of Troy Malcolm was a big boost to the Eels and the gifted playmaker was Paramatta’s best along with Daniel Barton.Chris Hill gave his all for Easts who settled for a share of the competition points with a promise of better things to come.In the 7.50pm clash, 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand finalists the Canterbury Bulldogs flexed their muscles in a 6-3 victory over a committed Manly Sea Eagles combination that never stopped trying.The Doggies raced to a 2-0 lead at half time and kicked on to go 4-0 up midway through the second half before Manly got on the board.Harry Berryman and veteran Brett Gillard were best for a Manly side that found some late combination to breath respectability back into the scoreline.2007 Australian World Cup Men’s Open star Joel Willoughby was in cracking form for the Dogs having a hand in four touchdowns, whilst winger Nick Athas, and debutant Michael Petrie set a great foundation for Canterbury’s victory.In the match-up of the round at 8.40pm, new kids on the block the Hornsby Lions, got their season off to the best possible start with a 6-4 win, shocking 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Penrith Panthers at Bankstown.The experienced Dave Roberts guided the Lions around the park and the mercurial Dylan Hennessey provided the knockout blows, terrorizing the Panthers’ defence close to the line. In the nightcap game at 9.30pm, 2006 NSWTA State Cup champions Wests Magpies got home with a hard fought 6-4 triumph over a very willing Cronulla Sharks outfit at Tempe.The two clubs battle annually for the Mc Donald-Russell Shield and there was a lot of emotion surrounding the season opener. The game was preceded by a minute’s silence for former Lebanon, Mets, and Wests Manager Matthew Essey who lost a brave battle with cancer in May 2007. The inspired Magpies came out on fire, crossing for a touchdown after only 35 seconds for a 1-0 lead.Both sides struggled to find rhythm, but settled down to business and traded touchdowns without either team really consolidating decisively.Cronulla hit the front 4-3 midway through the second half, courtesy of some great work from Australian Mixed Open general Matt Tope who was leaving it all out on the park for the Sharkies. With an upset looming, Wests’ Australian Men’s Open World Cup aces Daniel Rushworth and Jason Stanton stepped up their game and combined to put on 3 unanswered touchdowns, providing Wests with a 6-4 victory, the McDonald-Russell shield, and a fitting tribute to Matthew Essey.In opening round action in the Women’s Premier League, perennial big guns the Canterbury Bulldogs sent an ominous warning out to the rest of the competition with a 9-1 pasting of Manly Sea Eagles at 7.00pm at Tempe.Bulldogs Australian Women’s Open star Kelly Woods began the Vawdon Cup season with three slashing touchdowns for the 2006 State Cup champions.Louise Winchester showed the sort of form that swept her to the 2006 NSWTA Women’s Player of the Year at the Blues Dinner on Saturday night, and kid sister Clare and Kate Fitzsimmons chimed in to help engineer the 9-1 demolition.2006 Premiers Easts Roosters opened their title defence with a comfortable 5-2 win over competition newcomers, the Wollongong Devils.Easts were wary of the worthy challenge that the speedy Wollongong young guns would provide and were on their game to avert the potential threat.The Tri-colours produced a solid team effort punctuated by some star turns from 4-time World Cup winners Amanda and Kristy Judd who controlled the game as only they can.2007 Australian Mixed Open gun Stephanie Sorrensen and Nadina Teskera also performed well for Easts, whilst Mel Mc Call and Rachael Beck showed the way for the Devils. The young pups from Wollongong had their opportunities and acquitted themselves well against the benchmark team of the competition and will give the competition a real nudge when they find their feet and adjust to the step up of speed and standard as the season unfolds.In the 8.40pm clash at Tempe, Wests Magpies got their season off to a flyer with a comfortable 6-1 win over Cronulla Sharks.Jess Howe tried hard to lift a rusty Cronulla, but Wests had too much fire power with standout Australian 20 Years Women’s squad member Nicky Albery carving up the Sharkies to spearhead her team to a comfortable victory.In the 9.30pm battle at Bankstown, the Central Coast Dolphins had a tidy 3-0 win over Penrith Panthers to complete the first round of games in season 2007.This week in the Men’s Premier League, Cronulla will take on a chastened defending premiers Penrith at 7.50pm at Bankstown, whilst Easts Roosters will battle with Wests Magpies at 7.50pm at Tempe.Hornsby Lions will look to continue on their winning way against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 8.40pm, and the Canterbury Bulldogs will square off against the Parramatta Eels at Tempe at 9.30pm.In Women’s Premier League games Cronulla, looking for a better second up performance meet Penrith at 7.00pm at Bankstown. Premiers Easts Roosters will clash with Wests Magpies at Tempe at 7.00pm.The red hot Canterbury Bulldogs will have a tougher time against the young Wollongong Devils line-up at Tempe at 8.40pm, and the Central Coast Dolphins will test their mettle against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 9.30pm.Second round action in Division 1 and 2 Men’s and Women’s, Mixed 1 and 2, and Men’s Seniors and Masters will continue as teams look to shake off opening night jitters and settle into the ten week competition which promises to increase in quality right across the board as the season progresses.TFA will bring you all the news and views from Round Two of the 2007 Vawdon Cup.last_img read more

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a month agoINSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”. last_img read more

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FS1’s Tim Brando: Notre Dame Will Eventually Join ACC Football, Is Key To Conference Launching Network

first_imgA Notre Dame cheerleader holding pompoms with the Notre Dame flag in the background.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 30: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader performs during a game against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on Seotember 30, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Miami (OH) 52-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This week, there has been a lot of noise made about the future of a possible ACC Network, which has been long discussed as a possibility for the league with ESPN. In a column on Campus Rush, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel called the network “imminent.” FOX Sports 1’s Tim Brando, who also calls ACC basketball games for Raycom Sports, doesn’t quite believe that we’ll see an ACC Network all that soon, but he does think it is coming, and the lynchpin to a launch is Notre Dame joining as a full conference member. That, he believes, will happen.Brando previously discussed Notre Dame’s role in the eventuality of the ACC Network on Twitter, and cleared things up a bit on “The Audible” podcast with Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel. Notre Dame/ACC talk starts around the 18-minute mark.On the ACC Network:“I do believe it’s going to happen, and I believe it’s going to happen when Notre Dame understands that it’s in their financial best interest to be in a conference, because they cannot command the same dollar from NBC or any other network by simply having seven home games televised. If you look at the revenues generated by both the Big Ten, the SEC, and the ACC without a network, as a conference member full time, they would, not only right now but certainly in the future, do much better than they are doing with their current arrangement. And I think that’s where we sit.”Brando says that if Notre Dame joins a conference in the next 10 years, the ACC is the only option:“No, Notre Dame cannot have a wandering eye. They not only signed a grant of rights with the ACC, but they signed an additional contract, which mandates that if they do become a conference member in football, there is no other place they can do that other than the Atlantic Coast Conference. And that’s through the year 2025. So (ACC commissioner) John Swofford and his people did a remarkable job when they brought Notre Dame in, to secure that when the Irish blue bloods decided ‘you know what, maybe it’s time to join a conference,’ they need to do that.”Perhaps most surprisingly, he predicts that this will unfold in the next three years.“I really believe that as we move forward, it’s a little early to be thinking about starting a linear network now, given the economics… It may not be the time in a year or two years, but in three years I believe you’ll be looking right down the pipe at an ACC Network, and I think the reason will be Notre Dame elected to become a full-time member.”The ACC is often viewed as the weakest of the Power 5 conferences, although with the Big 12’s issues, and the recent success of Clemson and Florida State, as well as a slew of strong hires this year, the league appears to be on solid ground. If it does, in fact, bring Notre Dame into the fold as a full member, it would be a massive coup for Swofford and company.[FOX Sports]last_img read more

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TV RIGHTS TO MARGARET ATWOODS THE EDIBLE WOMAN SOLD TO EONE

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Production company Entertainment One has picked up the television rights to Margaret Atwood‘s first novel The Edible Woman, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019.Published in 1969, the novel follows a young woman named Marian who slowly loses the ability to eat food after becoming engaged to her fiancé Peter. Once a happy participant in consumer culture, Marian begins to feel as though she’s being consumed herself.Entertainment One has partnered with Francine Zuckerman (Z Films) and Karen Shaw (Quarterlife Crisis Productions) to produce the series.center_img The Edible Woman was Margaret Atwood’s first novel. (Liam Sharp, Emblem Editions) Entertainment One has retained worldwide rights.The Toronto-based author is currently gearing up for a global book tour to promote the highly-anticipated novel The Testaments, a sequel to her 1985 classic The Handmaid’s Tale. The Testaments will be published in September.The television adaptation of award-winning show The Handmaid’s Tale is currently in its third season.By Jane van Koeverden ~ CBC Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Feds could lose more than 700M on Trans Mountain report

first_imgAnti-Trans Mountain Pipeline rally on Parliament Hill, May 22, 2018. APTN/file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA new federal government report says it has made a “significant finding” around the impacts of potential delays in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion’s (TMX) construction and projected in-service date.On Thursday Ottawa’s Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux said Canada’s Dec. 31, 2021 projected in-service date for the project is “very optimistic”.He said, pending the outcome of the National Energy Board’s current reassessment process, “at least a one year delay” for TMX should be expected — and that would “incur a loss of $700 million”.A two-year delay would amount to a loss of almost $2.3 billion, Giroux said.His report, “Canada’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline — Financial and Economic Considerations,” identifies “delays in pipeline construction, an increase in construction costs and/or changes in the risk profile” of TMX “can negatively influence the final sale price” that Canada can negotiate for the original Trans Mountain pipeline, the yet-to-be-built expansion project, and other assets it purchased from Texas oil company Kinder Morgan last year.The report comes amid a federal court-ordered halt to project construction and a reconsideration of multiple factors by the National Energy Board, including further consultations with First Nations that would be impacted by the pipeline.Giroux “assumed a total construction cost of $9.3 billion and an in-service date of December 31, 2021, as quoted in Kinder Morgan Canada Limited’s August 2018 14-A filings,” the report says.Several First Nations’ legal challenges to the project were consolidated in a Federal Court of Appeal decision that has forced the federal government back to the table to consult with First Nations.Some First Nations are staunchly opposed to the pipeline and associated risks, despite an opportunity to sign benefit agreements with previous pipeline owner Kinder Morgan.In December Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Secretary-Treasurer Kukpi7 Judy Wilson told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an Assembly of First Nations special chiefs’ assembly in Ottawa that “there was no consent” on TMX from Secwepemc people, which would run through more than 500 kilometres of their unceded territory.Similar to arguments made by Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C., Wilson maintains that First Nation band councils don’t have the authority to make decisions impacting unceded lands outside reservations.“You can’t count a few [Impact Benefit Agreements] with some of the communities as consent because it’s the proper title holders of those nations that hold the title,” she said.In June Nicole Schabus, an assistant law professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, told APTN News that when Kinder Morgan suspended non-essential spending they pointed to the province of B.C. for the hold-up.“But the biggest uncertainty, legal and economic, comes from Indigenous peoples,” she said.D.T. Cochrane, an economic researcher with the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, told APTN that outstanding legal and financial risks make the project “completely untenable”.He said Canada’s purchase of the pipeline last year is a “perfect example of the socialization of risk,” and that those associated are now “borne by the Canadian government and…all of the citizens of Canada.”Giroux estimates that the Trans Mountain pipeline and TMX have a combined value between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.The Trudeau government purchased the pipeline, project and assets from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.Asked if, in light of his assessment, he thinks a private corporation would have bought the pipeline under the same circumstances as Canada did, Giroux said “given the uncertainties and the risks…probably not.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

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US tax reform longterm IT demand bode well for Montrealbased CGI

first_imgMONTREAL – The “digital revolution” that extended the internet’s reach, spurred the mass adoption of mobile devices and increased the use of artificial intelligence has ensured that demand for IT professionals will be very strong for years to come, said CGI chair Serge Godin.What started as back office support is now at the core of organizations and how they operate, Godin told shareholders at its annual meeting on Wednesday in Montreal.“It is easy to imagine that the number of IT-related talents required by our clients will, at least, double over the next decade.”With its focus on technology, CGI is better able than most companies to attract top talent.“As an IT professional in CGI, you’re the core of the business,” said CGI President George Schindler, in an interview.CGI Group Inc. said it expects global tax changes, particularly in the United States which accounts for about 30 per cent of revenues, will increase its profit this year by about $40 million or about four per cent of last year’s net earnings.Most of the gain comes from Washington’s move to cut the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 per cent from 35 per cent and a repatriation tax rate.There has also been a tax cut in Belgium to 25 per cent. Both are partially offset by a one-time five per cent corporate surtax imposed in France.CGI said it sees large opportunities for growth by the U.S. federal government despite the ongoing threat of a shutdown.There was little impact from the recent brief shutdown but another closure could be more challenging if it is long, which few predict, Schindler earlier told analysts during a conference call.However, he said some spending isn’t dependent on a new budget or is obligatory. The company prepared for the last shutdown by doing work ahead of time.CGI said Wednesday it earned $285.3 million or 98 cents per diluted share in its first quarter, up from $275.7 million or 89 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 totalled $2.82 billion, up from $2.68 billion.Excluding specific items, CGI said it earned $288.0 million or 99 cents per diluted share for the quarter, up from $277.6 million or 90 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)last_img read more

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Etsycom stops letting Alaska Native artists sell ivory work

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska – A policy intended to deter the illegal trade of ivory and items made with the parts of endangered or threatened animals led the online sales website Etsy to remove such artwork sold by Alaska Native artists, who can legally use ivory in their pieces.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan asked the chief executive officer of Etsy.com to reconsider its policy to allow Alaska Natives to keep selling products made from materials such as walrus tusks or from petrified wooly mammoth remains found in the nation’s most remote state.Sullivan said he assumes the basis of the policy is to combat elephant poaching in Africa and India and that he supports such efforts.“However, your policy fails to recognize that Alaska Natives are explicitly authorized under federal laws, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, to work with and sell walrus ivory, whale tooth and bone, and other non-elephant ivory,” the Alaska Republican wrote in a letter sent Friday to the Brooklyn, New York-based company.Etsy has not responded to the letter, according to Sullivan spokesman Matt Shuckerow.In an email to The Associated Press, Etsy said it can no longer allow Alaska Natives to sell animal products such as ivory but that their accounts remain active.“We have updated our policies to reflect the increasingly global nature of our business and our community,” the company said. “With increased global regulation surrounding ivory and animal products, we can no longer accommodate such products produced by Native Alaskans in our marketplace.”Sullivan heard about the issue from Alaska Native leaders and a handful of artists whose accounts were disrupted, Shuckerow said. In his letter, Sullivan notes that Alaska Natives have used animal products for subsistence, survival and cultural expression for thousands of years.Marcu Gho, an Inupiat Eskimo who lives in Juneau, is among the affected artists. He had sold gloves, key chains, scarves and other artwork made from sea otter fur for about five years until then items were delisted Tuesday.He said that occurred after he began a conversation with Etsy officials last week in response to social media posts he saw from other artists complaining about such problems.Gho said he had been warned that it appeared his artwork was derived from Alaska’s northern sea otters. A portion of that population is listed as threatened but it doesn’t include southeast Alaska otters, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.“In the past, we have allowed an exemption for Alaska Natives,” a company official wrote in an email to Gho. “However, we’ve determined that we are unable to make exceptions for these items in our marketplace going forward. Removing this exemption helps us create a single global policy prohibiting endangered or threatened animals.”Gho said he explained the difference to the official, to no avail. The experience has left him frustrated that he can’t share this part of his culture. He also believes the policy perpetuates a perception that Alaska Natives are barbarians.“When they’re telling me that they don’t feel it’s acceptable that I sell these things, I take it a little bit more personally,” he said.___Follow Rachel D’Oro at https://twitter.com/rdoro .___This story has been corrected to say Gho’s items were delisted, not his Etsy account, and to show that accounts of Alaska Native artists have had ivory items removed, not that the accounts were cancelled.last_img read more

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East Bypass Road will be renamed to Northern Lights Drive effective June

first_imgWith this approval, the City is now moving forward to complete the road renaming and addressing changes as required.In April, the City sent letters by registered mail to all property owners notifying them of this change as it will have an effect on their current address.If you are a property owner and did not receive a letter, you can contact the Planning and Engineering Department at 250-787-8150. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Starting tomorrow, June 26, the road known as the East Bypass Road will be renamed to Northern Lights Drive.According to the City, since there has been steady residential growth and development close to the road, it no longer functions as a bypass road to re-direct traffic around the City and away from urban development.Although the majority of the road is now within City boundaries, the City received approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to proceed with the road renaming on that portion of the road.last_img read more

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Four more captains named for OSU football

An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe naming of junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan as captains came as little surprise to Buckeye fans.However, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Friday that four more names would be added to the list of captains for the season. Fifth-year senior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt junior offensive lineman Billy Price, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were given the honor.Lewis, alongside redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, will be starting this season for the Buckeyes at defensive end. Last season, Lewis led the team in sacks with eight, as well as racking up 54 total tackles.Set to start for his third straight season along the offensive line for OSU, Price earned freshman All-American honors in 2014 and picked up third-team all-Big Ten recognition last season.Replacing the departed Eli Apple as the No. 1 cornerback, Conley has appeared in 28 games in his career for OSU. Meyer and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs have turned to Conley this season to mentor the upcoming players in the secondary, since he is the only player with extensive experience at the position.Once only a walk-on with the program, Burger is looking to finish his career with the Scarlet and Gray on a high note. After earning a scholarship with the team last season, Burger played extensively on special teams, and has appeared in 34 games as a Buckeye.Each of the four players was chosen through a team vote. read more

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Ohio States Eli Apple making a turnaround as a redshirtfreshman

Redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) waits for the ball to be snapped during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter sending a first-round draft pick in Bradley Roby to the NFL, the Ohio State Buckeyes had a void to fill at cornerback.Enter Eli Apple.The redshirt-freshman cornerback has stepped into a starting role for the Buckeyes and has helped the OSU defense to the 18th best pass defense in the country.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was pleased to see Apple’s success after a less-than-successful 2013 redshirt year for the New Jersey native.“Eli Apple is a guy that I’d like to think is a product of the way we do our business,” Meyer said Monday. “In the weight room, in the classroom … he was not what we wanted when we signed him.”Apple agreed with his coach, adding that he was challenged more than just physically in his first year as a Buckeye.“Mentally and physically, I wasn’t ready at all as far as tackling,” Apple said Monday. “As far as getting in the weight room, I wasn’t really strong enough to really play out there, I was getting tossed around a little bit.”Meyer said the physical struggles weren’t the only thing holding Apple back.“He was lazy in the classroom, lazy about his business (but he has) got a great family, they really supported us in our disciplining of him, and he’s doing great in school and great on the field,” Meyer said. “And I grabbed him yesterday and I said, ‘This is what we recruited.’ He’s playing pretty well.”Apple said he’s worked on getting his grades up, and added that he believes it is showing on the field.“I feel like it all goes hand-in-hand,” he said. “When you are doing good in school, you are doing good in football. It all correlates.”Apple has started all but one game this season, but it was in the game he didn’t start that he made arguably his biggest impact.After fellow redshirt-freshman cornerback Gareon Conley gave up a 44-yard completion and a subsequent touchdown on Michigan State’s opening drive Nov. 8, Apple was called upon to come into the game and perform, which co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said Apple did admirably.“He did not practice at all (that) week. Did not take one rep at practice. And leading up to the game, even on Saturday morning, we weren’t sure if Eli was going to be able to play or not,” Ash said on Nov. 10. “But throughout the course of the game, from when he went in to that point, he made some plays, both in the run game and in the pass game. I mean he showed some grit, some determination, some guts, some toughness that honestly we didn’t know Eli had.”Apple tied for the team lead for pass breakups against the Spartans with two, and added a tackle for loss from the corner spot.Apple said his improvements this season are because he’s learned from the veterans in front of him.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like Roby, watching guys like (senior cornerback) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Grant, who Meyer said Monday he would nominate for an all-Big Ten honor, said before the Michigan State game that Apple was already showing signs of improvement.“(He is) getting better and growing every day,” Grant said Oct. 22. “You just see him growing and taking coaching and just getting better as a player everyday and that’s good.”Apple said playing opposite of Grant has been one of the most important keys to his personal progress.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”Apple and the Buckeyes are now preparing for the Indiana Hoosiers as the two teams are scheduled to kick off at noon on Saturday from Ohio Stadium. read more

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Opinion Storylines to watch as Ohio State kicks off spring practice

OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball as Michigan junior defensive back Blake Countess (2) and sophomore safety Delano Hill (44) defend during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team isn’t even two months removed from its victory over Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship, but it’s already time to hit the field once again.The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin practice Tuesday morning, kicking off a string of 14 sessions, set to conclude with the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18.Spring practice brings the first glimpse at a new Buckeye squad, including a few freshmen who have enrolled early, some players rehabbing injuries, and others battling for playing time in 2015. With a few guarantees mixed in with a number of question marks, these are the top storylines heading into practice.QuarterbacksIt’s the most talked-about position in all of football, and easily the most discussed when it comes to OSU.Redshirt-junior Cardale Jones is expected to be the only fully healthy signal caller at spring practice who could earn significant playing time next season. Redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett is still recovering from a fractured ankle and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller is rehabbing a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.While Barrett was the starter most of last season, and Miller is a former two-year undisputed starter, Jones has a chance to get a leg up on the competition if he performs well this spring.Of course, he had that same chance last year when Miller was initially ruled out after a minor shoulder surgery. Jones earned the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but was eventually beaten out by Barrett in fall camp before Miller went down with his season-ending injury.So Jones can make his mark while getting plenty of reps in practice, but he should still be wary whenever Barrett and Miller return to full strength, because all three are supremely talented.Position battlesWhile the Buckeyes don’t have to replace anyone at quarterback, it’ll be the most watched position battle.Beyond that, though, OSU has to find a new right tackle, at least one new starting wide receiver, a new starting defensive tackle, one more linebacker and another cornerback.Linebacker is probably the position most set in stone already, with sophomore Raekwon McMillan looking like a clear replacement for the departed Curtis Grant. At receiver, redshirt-freshman Johnnie Dixon might have an opportunity to take over one of the spots left vacant by Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, but he’ll face stiff competition.Other returning names, such as redshirt-seniors Corey Smith and Jeff Greene, should have a chance to earn playing time alongside redshirt-junior Michael Thomas as well.At cornerback, sophomore Damon Webb and redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley will be going head-to-head, while sophomore Sam Hubbard, redshirt-sophomore Michael Hill and sophomore Jalyn Holmes, along with senior Tommy Schutt, will all get looks at defensive line.Along the offensive front, numerous players could earn playing time, but redshirt-senior Chase Farris is the most likely candidate to replace Darryl Baldwin.Fresh faces on the coaching staffAlong with a few new players, the Buckeyes have two new assistant coaches in the fold.With Tom Herman off to Houston and Stan Drayton off to the Chicago Bears in the NFL, Tim Beck and Tony Alford will be working with the OSU quarterbacks and running backs, respectively.Beck earned the opportunity to choose between three potential Heisman Trophy candidates, while Alford inherited one clear-cut Heisman front runner in junior Ezekiel Elliott.While both the quarterbacks and running backs performed extremely well last season, Beck and Alford have a chance to improve their position groups to a completely dominating level, and leave their mark on the OSU program.After the Spring Game, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., to kick off the 2015 regular season. read more

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Lisbon boss wonders if Messi will be as good as Ronaldo

first_imgSporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus has joined in praising Cristiano Ronaldo for his spectacular goal against Juventus in the Champions League and wonders if a 33 year-old Lionel Messi could achieve similar featsSpeaking before their first leg against Aletico Madrid in the Europa League, the Sporting coach heaped praise on his compatriot and believes that the goal that Ronaldo scored against Juventus was something that no even Messi could achieve.“With all due respect for the player, Messi is Messi. There are two aliens and one is in Madrid I will say that Cristiano’s goal to Juventus is from an extraterrestrial. We are talking about a 33-year-old player. What impressed me most was not the technical gesture, but the ability to jump that has to do with physical condition. ” said Jesus, according to Mundo Deportivo.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Portuguese coach believes that there is not another player in the world that can match Ronaldo’s level at 33 years of age and questioned if Messi could potentially prove him wrong.“I doubt there are other players that age who have physical ability. Not everyone can do that. I know how Christian trains. It is a demonstration of the form that it has, of the great professional that it is. It is at a very high level. The question is: when Messi is 33 years old will he have that level that Cristiano now has? ”Sporting lost 2-0 to Atletico in the first leg of their quarter-final clash at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano with two defensive errors proving to be very costly for Jesus’ side.last_img read more

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Andrea Pirlo set shock football comeback in Australia

first_imgItaly great Andrea Pirlo could be set for a shock playing return with Australian club Avondale in a cup fixtureThe 39-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last year after a glittering career that saw him claim a World Cup title, six Serie A crowns with AC Milan and Juventus and two Champions League trophies.Yet Fox Sports report that the Italian midfielder may be set for a return with Victorian outfit Avondale.The A-League side are hoping to add Pirlo to the squad ahead of their FFA Cup quarter-final against Sydney FC on September 19.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.The club are desperate to take any measures to ensure the deal goes through even though money is understood to be of no interest to Pirlo.Now, all that awaits is a final answer from his representatives.However, even with Pirlo in their ranks, Avondale will go into their meeting with A-League premiers Sydney as underdogs.Pirlo finished his career at New York City last year after two and a half seasons in the MLS.last_img read more

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Mexico has yet to find a coach

first_imgPlayers have asked for different candidates, but the country will play its third and four consecutive matches without a managerAfter the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia ended for Mexico, with a defeat against Brazil, former boss Juan Carlos Osorio left the team.Since then the team has played two matches and will play two more this week, without a manager, using instead interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti from Tigres.And players are still proposing candidates, like PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano who wants Atlanta United’s Gerardo “Tata” Martino in “El Tri.”Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I think he is a great coach, so hopefully he can come and it will be the best for the national team,” Lozano told reporters on arrival in Mexico City as quoted by ESPN.For Xolos Tijuana goalkeeper Gibran Lajud, it doesn’t matter who comes, as long as he knows the Liga MX well.“We should go for people who know Mexican football, someone who is knowledgeable about what is going on in the Mexican league, who knows the Mexican player, their characteristics and abilities,” Lajud told reporters.Mexico will play against Costa Rica and Chile with Ferretti as interim, but these will be the last matches for the Tigres manager.last_img read more

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Tedesco The only thing missing for Schalke was a goal

first_imgSchalke 04 boss Domenico Tedesco was pleased with their dominant performance at Galatasaray in the Champions League, but rued their missed chances in a 0-0 drawThe Royal Blues got off to a slow start at Istanbul but gradually emerged as the more dangerous side as the game progressed.After the break, Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was forced to make several saves from Schalke.The visitors had actually got the ball into the back of the net, only for Breel Embolo’s effort to be ruled out for offside.“I always try to remain positive – which is why I can recognise my team’s good performance and I am not focusing on not getting the win. We knew before the game that there would be a tremendous atmosphere here,” Tedesco told the club website.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“Players are always going to take a few minutes to adapt to this. Once we did that, we got into the game well. We were dominant tonight, it was fun to watch. The only thing missing tonight was a goal.“We had plenty of chances to score as well – we need to carry on working on this. If we can combine this kind of performance with some better finishing, we will start getting positive results again.“Ultimately we are satisfied with the point, even though we deserved the win. The group is still wide open after three games; anyone can beat anyone in my opinion.”Schalke are second in Group D with five points, while Galatasaray sit in third place on four points.last_img read more

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Half of all child marriages occur in South Asia

first_img(L-R) additional secretary Mizanur Rahman, rights activist Salma Ali, and BHRC chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, speak at a seminar on Sunday at Brac Centre Inn. Photo: Prothom AloWhen it comes to child marriage, laws have little value in the face of social norms. And the special provisions in the child restraint act do very little to curb the practice of underage marriages. This is considered a controversial law and has met with considerable consideration from various quarters in the society.Speakers at an event, ‘Sharing Findings of the Child Marriage Law Analysis in South Asian Countries’, expressed their concern on inadequate measures to prevent child marriage and called for more stringent and effective measures in this regard. Organised by the Tipping Point Project of CARE Bangladesh, the programme was held on Sunday, 20 August, at the BRAC Centre in the capital city.Assistant country director of CARE Bangladesh Arshad Mahmud said that social norms are serious obstacles when it comes to preventing child marriage. While laws are important for long-term policy, these laws hardly have any value if the society is not motivated.He pointed out that under-nutrition was one of the main problems in Bangladesh and that child marriage was a major cause of malnutrition in both women and children.Dr Shahnaz Huda, professor at the Dhaka University department of law, presented her finding from her comparative analysis of child marriage laws in South Asian countries.Almost half of all child marriages that occur in the world, take place in South Asia, according to the study.Touching on the various age limits for marriage in South Asian countries, Shahnaz Huda said that the British Child Marriage Act 1929 had stipulated the minimum age of marriage for girls as 14 and for boys 18. In 1984, Bangladesh raised this to 18 and 21 respectively.In Pakistan the minimum marriage age for girls in 16 and for boys is 18, though the Assembly of Sindh independently changed this to 18 for both girls and boys.India’s minimum marriage age is 18 for girls and 21 for boys, but its laws are more proactive. India has prohibition against child marriage, not mere restraint. The law there is termed the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006.In Bhutan the minimum age for marriage is 18. On a positive note, it officially recognises marital rape.In Nepal, the law sets the minimum age for marriage for both genders at 20.In Sri Lanka, the minimum age for marriage is 18. However, it relaxes this in the case for Muslim girls.Bangladesh’s Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 is more comprehensive than in the past and has increased punishments of six months to two years’ imprisonment and a Tk 50,000 fine for parents and guardian responsible for child marriage.Marriage registrars responsible for such marriages can be punished and their licences can be cancelled.However, the study criticised the provision for punishing the under-aged persons undergoing such marriages.The main criticism against the new law is the special provision which allows exceptions for child marriage if the marriage takes place ‘under special circumstances’ and ‘for the greatest benefit of an under-aged girl.’ This means that child marriage is legal under special circumstances, though there is a lack of clarity as to what the special circumstances are specifically. The court has very wide powers of discretion in this regard.Referring to marriage due to accidental pregnancy, Shahnaz Huda pointed out that this was forcing one child to marry in order to legitimise the birth of another.The bottom line is, the study indicated, that no matter what the other provisions of the law may contain, a girl can marry below the age of 18.In Bangladesh, the Child Marriage Restraint Act doesn’t invalidate a marriage, even if the girl is below 14.Salma Ali, executive director of Bangladesh Women Lawyers Association, said that everyone was aware of the problems pertaining to child marriage, so the question now was, what is to be done. She said they had challenged the law out of social responsibility as ‘best interests of the child’ was a vague term and could be used easily to marry off under-aged girls.She said it was futile to bring up examples of the US and other developed countries, as those countries didn’t have the same problems of forced marriage and other circumstances that existed in Bangladesh.She said that if victims of child marriage went to court, there were lengthy and tedious processes of investigation and fact finding, compromises, corruption and other impediments. Judges had differing mindsets. Some were child friendly, particularly women judges. However, the entire process was time consuming, and by then the damage was done.Current affairs TV presenter Mithila Farzana said it is not a matter of misusing or misinterpreting the law because the law clearly allows marriage of a girl below 18 years of age. She said there need for a comprehensive study to clearly pinpoint how many such marriages have increased after this law was enacted.Additional secretary of the women and children affairs ministry Mizanur Rahman said that the special provision in the law was not there to support child marriage, but to leave it to the discretion of the judge. He said that the law had been made as stringent as possible. He said that laws won’t stop child marriage. It is the society that has to be prepared. The people have to be agents of change.Chairman of the Bangladesh Human Right Commission Kazi Rezaul Hoque said that though this was a controversial law, there was a case underway in this regard. Nothing is hard and fast, he said. Laws are for people’s welfare and can change. He pointed out that even though there was a special provision in the law, a marriage couldn’t take place without the court’s permission.He highlighted the government’s commitment to entirely eliminate child marriage by 2021.Humaira Aziz, Director- Women’s Empowerment, CARE Bangladesh, moderated the discussion. Women activists, media persons, NGO representatives, lawyers, academics and others joined in the debate and discussion.last_img read more

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Venezuelan protesters clash with police

first_imgDemonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro’s government and riot police clash in Caracas. Photo: AFPProtesters hurling rocks clashed with police firing tear gas Saturday in Venezuela’s fourth demonstration in a week against President Nicolas Maduro and his government.The rally was marked by anger over a ruling from the leftist government banning opposition leader Henrique Capriles from office for 15 years. Around 4,000 people attended the demonstration.Capriles narrowly lost the 2013 presidential election that brought Maduro to power following the death of his mentor Hugo Chavez—father of Venezuela’s “socialist revolution.”The government move, which the 44-year-old Capriles announced on Friday, effectively prevents him from running against Maduro in next year’s general election.Saturday’s violence broke out when protesters gathered in the east of the city changed course at Capriles’s request and headed downtown toward the government ombudsman’s office.The district—seat of many government offices—is a pro-Maduro bastion, and the president’s supporters were holding a “cultural, sporting and recreational rally” there.National Guard police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to force the protesters back.“They received us with gas and rubber bullets. They insist on siding with the dictatorship but we are going to keep moving forward,” said opposition lawmaker Juan Andres Mejia.Masked demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, said AFP reporters on scene. At least two police officers were hit by the flaming bottles.‘Product of tyranny’Capriles appeared energized by the protests.“He who laughs last, laughs best! We’ll see you on the streets of Venezuela @nicolasmaduro. There will be no rest,” Capriles promised on Twitter.Capriles was also one of the leaders of mass demonstrations against Maduro earlier this week that led to clashes with police. One protester died.“This thing that they just did to Capriles is the product of tyranny,” said Adel Rincones, 61, who clutched a sign that read “Venezuela is wounded in the heart with hunger, misery, corruption, dictatorship.”Others at the rally held pictures of Capriles.“People are tired of so much corruption, hunger and poverty,” said Vanessa Garcia, 37, an optometry student.Protests also erupted in several other cities, including unrest-prone San Cristobal in the west, where masked gunmen reportedly set off explosions, causing demonstrators to flee.‘Administrative irregularities’State comptroller Manuel Galindo imposed the ban on Capriles due to alleged “administrative irregularities” in his post as governor of the northern state of Miranda.Capriles said that he would appeal the decision and stay in his job as governor, which he has held since 2008.Venezuela’s political crisis intensified last week when the Supreme Court issued rulings curbing the powers of the opposition-controlled legislature.The court has consistently ruled in Maduro’s favor since the opposition majority took its seats in the National Assembly legislature in January 2016.It drew international criticism for last week’s rulings, which seized the assembly’s powers and revoked lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution.Opposition intensifiesThe court reversed the rulings days later, but the opposition intensified its protests, prompting police to fire tear gas and water cannon to control them.The opposition then came up with the idea of seeking the dismissal of the Supreme Court’s justices. But the ombudsman’s office blocked the move.Capriles can appeal against his sanction within two weeks to the comptroller and within six months to the Supreme Court.The collapse in prices for Venezuela’s crucial oil exports has sapped the country’s revenues.Ordinary Venezuelans are suffering from shortages of food, medicine and basic goods along with a surge in violent crime.The opposition blames Maduro for the economic crisis. He says it is due to a capitalist conspiracy backed by the United States.New protests are planned for next week.last_img read more

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